Yeah!! Our last mural "Manito Koi" on 1st and Lincoln in Spokane, WA has been completed! It is our version of the Japanese gardens and koi pond in Manito Park. Everyone really worked hard and did an amazing job! We had dinner at PF Chang's to celebrate.
Yeah! Done with the "Wild River" mural...can't believe how many animals my crazy group crammed in there! The river runs through all four panels, starting with Asia, going through Africa and into South America-hope you enjoy the pictures!
Whew! Another LONG day painting murals... we are finished with "Wild River" and it is crammed full of many animals! I will post pictures tomorrow. Here is my contribution to the Tinman Gallery's Alice in Wonderland show opening July 30th. It is titled "Dunking the Dormouse" an original acrylic puzzle painting on canvas, wood, clay with glass tile accents for $575. Contact Tinman Gallery to purchase.
Hooray, we are finished with the first side of our second mural "Big River" This mural can be found in Spokane between First and Second on Monroe. It is approximately 110 feet long and 13 feet high and has 12 columns (which we painted about 7 feet up) A lot of space to cover...we are now on the other side of the road working on "Wild River"!
Here we are working on the first side of our second mural titled "Big River". It has huge animals...bears, moose, wolves, trout, heron, ducks, an owl, osprey etc. Hope you like it! We are now working on the other side of the underpass "Wild River" lots of African animals as well as a panda, koala...and rainforest creatures-lots of snakes!!
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Artist Melissa Cole often finds herself snorkeling with salmon, smooching manatees, and swimming with tiger sharks. It is from these amazing encounters that she derives much of the inspiration for her vividly colored, heavily textured and patterned acrylic paintings.
Cole was born in Oregon and raised in London, Hong Kong, and India. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Zoology and spent time as a naturalist guide in Mexico. She’s written over 30 children’s natural history books and travels with her husband Brandon, who is a wildlife photographer specializing in marine life. Melissa has always dabbled in art, but has spent the last ten years fully devoted to it. She is strongly influenced by ethnic patterns, which she sees in her travels abroad. “You’ll find lots of dots, and a distinct border pattern in each of my pieces.” Her work is found in galleries ranging from Stephan Fine Arts in Anchorage, Alaska to The Wild Side Gallery in Key West, Florida.